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Published on: 10 Feb 2017 by 1800notifyco

A PATIENT REMINDER SYSTEM IS INVALUABLE TO A PATIENT’S ADHERENCE TO MEDICATION SCHEDULE

A recent research study found that nearly
one third of those for whom it was recommended that they take medication to
decrease their high blood pressure, or lower their lipids, are not taking their
pills on a regular basis. There is a solution. A study published in the online
journal PLOS One found that sending out text follow-ups to patients can assist
them in remembering to take their medication on time.  This is a new, innovative way to use
telephone text messaging to improve the overall health of the population and is
relatively inexpensive for a care giver, doctor, dentist, physical therapist,
mental health therapist, chiropractor, etc. to support the needs of their
client base and to enhance their outreach to their patients.  For Medicare and Medicaid patients, either
because of their age or disabilities, this would seem to be an ideal support
system.

 

A research study was carried out with 300
patients who were taking meds to reduce their high blood pressure or
cholesterol. Two groups of patients were involved.  One group was supported by a text messaging
system whereas the other group did not receive any text messages (or other
reminder support). The group getting the text messages on a regular basis were
asked in the text message if they were taking their medication and asked to
confirm by texting back a confirmation. These missives were broadcast every day
for 2 straight weeks before dropping to every other day for 2 weeks. That was
followed by one text message a week for six months. Patients who did not
respond to the texting were followed up with by phone to check compliance with
the drug taking schedule..

 

The outcome of the research study: 25% of
those in the group that did not get the texts stopped taking their medication
totally, or took less than 80% of it. Only 9% of those in the group that got
texts stopped taking their medications, or took less than 80% of the
recommended dose. Clearly, this system works; and, advising a patient outside
the care giver’s office to take their medication daily is necessary for those
who are on a day-to-day routine of medical tablets. Because almost all people  today own a smartphone, regardless of their
age, income, or social status, sending a text message appears to be a quick and
simple method for care givers to make sure that their clients maintain
compliance with their daily pill taking regimen.

 

Without too much thought, it can be seen
that this same support can be used for other activities important to the health
of a care giver’s patients, i.e., exercise routine for physical rehab patients;
food intake for overweight patients; mandatory meetings for mental health
patients; etc.

 

Call us and we’ll explain how
easy, and affordable, a reminder system is and why it makes sense for a care
giver’s practice.  Also, if you go to our
website, 1800Notify.com, you can even test the system to see exactly how it
works. Medical practices, dental offices, hospitals and physical therapy
clinics searching for a reliable appointment reminder need 1-800 Notify. This
reminder software works seamlessly with most scheduling systems and provides
free training which is simple and easy to understand.

 

The appointment reminder system allows
offices to use an automated call reminder, text reminders, and an email
reminder service.

 

About
US:
http://www.1800notify.com/reminders/appointment-reminders/ - 1800 Notify offers an easy way to
manage appointments with an appointment reminder, designed to make life
much simpler for you and your clients.

 

 

CONTACT
US:

1800
Notify   

7950 NW 53rd Street, Suite 341

 Miami, FL 33166 USA

 1-800-939-1853

 [email protected]

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